Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Monday he’ll be supporting the fight to legalize same-sex marriage in Maine, Minnesota and Washington.
The pledges will match new contributions made during the homestretch of the organizations’ campaigns. If successful, it would raise $1 million.
“Government has no business denying marriage licenses to a whole class of couples in Maine, Minnesota, Washington or anywhere else,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “The 14th Amendment guarantees us all equal protection under the law, and marriage equality is the next big step in America’s long march of freedom.”
Mainers United for Marriage is a coalition supporting Question 1 on Maine ballot, which would allow the state to issue marriage licenses to same-sex couples, if passed. A citizens’ campaign generated enough signatures, submitted to the Secretary of State, to place Question 1 on the ballot.
Minnesotans United for All Families is a coalition working to defeat a constitutional amendment in Minnesota that would define marriage as between one man and one woman. The Minnesota Legislature voted to place the amendment on the ballot. The coalition already has raised $125,000 to match the Mayor’s challenge.
Washington United for Marriage is a coalition working to pass Referendum 74, which would ratify a bill passed earlier this year and signed by Gov. Christine Gregoire legalizing same-sex marriage in the state.